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Marc Ermshaus


Computer Skills

Published on 28 May 2009. Tagged with art, performanceart, charlesbroskoski.

Computer Skills is a piece of performance art by Charles Broskoski.

In December of 2006, I downloaded a torrent (an archive of files distributed by peer-to-peer software) called "O'Reilly Ebook Collection" from a file-sharing site, with no intention of using it.

The archive contained 356 digital books in a variety of formats, all centered around computer programming or computer technology. A few months after downloading the archive, I started reading the books on my computer, as a performance.

It's a nice idea to declare something you do as "performance art". I might try this with "getting up at 6AM" or "having a swim each day". That makes ordinary stuff more fun.